Since America's latest school carnage the debate on gun control has flared anew, as every time a mass shooting rocks the nation. The arguments are well-rehearsed, the rival positions seemingly irreconcilable.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan meets EU leaders Monday but they will find it hard to bridge gaps on the migrant crisis and the Syrian war that has produced so many of the refugees they must both deal with, analysts say.
The new band of rebel recruits was supposed to prove the United States could train moderate Syrian fighters to defeat the jihadists in the war-ravaged nation. But soon after returning to Syria, the American-backed fighters handed over a quarter of their ammunition and other equipment to a local al-Qaida affiliate, known as the al-Nusra Front.
The start of Russian airstrikes in Syria has added yet another dimension to a war that already featured multiple actors pulling in different directions and serving their own interests, say experts.
It will be one of Italy's brand new "hotspots" for identifying newly-arrived migrants -- but as the Pozzallo reception center in Sicily prepares its fingerprinting kits, the EU-led plan for these facilities is still plagued with unresolved issues.
Syrian rebels who oppose both the regime and the Islamic State group have been hit hardest by Russian airstrikes, showing Moscow's determination to defend President Bashar al-Assad against all enemies, analysts say.
Catalan separatists said independence was within their reach before Sunday's regional election. But following their narrow victory, a rocky road lies ahead for those wanting to break away from Spain.
Russia's dramatic entry Wednesday into the Syrian war put the United States on the back foot once again and left Washington struggling to regain the military and diplomatic initiative.
On paper, the war is over in South Sudan, after rivals signed a peace deal to end 21-months of violence that left tens of thousands killed.
The United States took a moment Tuesday to gather the great Asian democracies to its side to reassure them of the strength of their ties in the face of North Korean threats and an assertive mainland China.